That slump had given rise to particular concern in Staffin because the number of people living in Skye and Lochalsh had steadily increased on a whole by 8.5 per cent since the early 1970s. There was under representation in the younger age groups and over-representation in the older age groups.
Since then the SCT, which is made up of Staffin residents who give up their time voluntarily, has worked hard to deliver a range of flagship projects which aid the district’s economic prospects and enhance the social and cultural welfare of the area.
The SCT has a proven track record having led the redevelopment of the Staffin Slipway, the creation of Skye’s Ecomuseum and hosted hugely popular outdoor Gaelic language courses. The SCT has undertaken a range of ambitious projects with expenditure of just over £750,000. Projects have mainly focused on historical and environmental themes, recognising the assets of the Staffin area: a strong sense of community identity and a spectacular and unique natural environment which is of great attraction to geologists, naturalists, and walkers.
The redevelopment of Staffin Slipway and the access road was completed in 2000. The slipway is owned by Highland Council but the SCT instigated the project and commissioned the early studies such as engineering, otter displacement, planning permission and development drawings.
It then raised the funds needed which came to £350,000 and the community gathered together £10,000 in only four weeks as their contribution.
The SCT has also created a number of paths in the community, been responsible for interpretation projects, tree planting, a local history project, patronymics study (family trees) and a place names survey including digital mapping.
Protecting, highlighting and remembering Staffin’s heritage is of huge importance to SCT and the community living in the Taobh Sear.
This section of the website, through recollections of tragedies in wartime, crofting, fishing and past major construction projects and photographs, focuses keenly on that.